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CSSA sets commitments and endorses circular economy for plastics

Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance is proud to endorse the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment’s common vision of a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste. We recognize this vision offers an effective, long term and root cause solution to plastic pollution with profound economic, environmental and societal benefits.

In addition to our endorsement, CSSA is pleased to make the following specific commitments in support of the Global Commitment:

  • We will collaborate with businesses and governments in order to help increase reuse/recycling/composting rates for plastics;
  • We will advocate for a system of harmonized Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations across Canada as a critical mechanism for developing circular supply chains; and
  • We will advocate for public procurement policies that require increasing amounts of recycled content in packaging and products and 100% recyclable plastic packaging as effective and visible means of promoting circular economy outcomes.

As the administrator of Recycle BC’s full producer responsibility program for packaging and paper product in the Province of British Columbia, CSSA commits to ensuring that Recycle BC achieves its plastic targets as follows:

  • General plastic target of 50% by 2025;
  • Rigid plastic target of 55% by 2022; and 60% by 2025;
  • Flexible plastic target of 22% by 2022; and 25% by 2025.

We are pleased to be among more than 350 organizations worldwide that are committed to an initiative for eradicating plastic waste and pollution. CSSA was one of the first 250 signatories back in October 2018. Click here to view the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment spring 2019 report on industry and government efforts to tackle plastic waste and pollution.

The Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, establishes a network of businesses, governments and other organizations that will pursue targets to:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reuse packaging models.
  • Innovate to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025.
  • Circulate the plastic produced, by significantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products.

CSSA has committed to reporting annually to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on its collaborative and advocacy efforts in support of the New Plastics Economy.

See the Global Commitment website for more information.